During the run-up to the Iraq war, for example, Reps. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.), Mike Thompson (D-Calif.) and David Bonior (D-Mich.) famously flew to Baghdad, where McDermott asserted that he believed the president would â€œmislead the American publicâ€ to justify the war. The trip made it a cakewalk for critics to describe the Democratic Party as chockablock with traitorous radicals. —POLITICO
Three congressmen went to Iraq, met with Iraqis and with UN officials, and came away with what would prove to be the truth about Iraq and a clear path to avoiding war, yet were widely derided as traitorous fools.
At the same time, a parade of politicians, pundits and journalists who supported the war, repeated Bush’s lies, and downplayed the risks and inevitable carnage, were elevated to Serious Thinker status with all the the perks of prominent Washington insiders.
Bad enough that it happened in the days before the war, but wars are always plagued with lies and irrationality.
Worse is that, years later when we all know that the peace thinkers were right and the war-mongers were wrong, mainstream political and media culture still derides the peaceful as crazy and consigns their voices to the fringe, while war-mongers continue to enjoy expert status and prominent perches from which to crow their dangerous creeds.
Michael Sky | Thinking Peace